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Unlikely law enforcement bedfellows joined forces Monday evening to nab two armed robbers fleeing the scene of an East Side pharmacy holdup in a stolen taxi, authorities said Tuesday. Police officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in Buffalo for a training program, assisted local police in a Hollywood-style car chase through downtown Buffalo that culmi…

A variety of drugs, approximately $7,000 in cash, a bullet-proof vest and weapons were recovered when Erie County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man suspected of selling drugs from his Town of Marilla home.Deputies from the sheriff’s narcotics unit obtained a warrant from Town Justice Thomas S. Labin to search the home at 2842 Four Rod Road on Monday afternoon. Robert J. Do…

No serious injuries were reported when Jet Skis operated by two 16-year-old boys collided in the Niagara River off Grand Island on Monday evening, Erie County sheriff’s officials reported.The operator of one watercraft was ejected after turning his vessel quickly, causing the other vehicle to strike it, at about 6:30 p.m., just south of Buckhorn State Park, authorities sai…

A Toronto man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import the drug Ecstasy from Canada to the United States, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.Richard Dixon, 35, faces up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines for trying to traffic the drugs, which also contained the substance known as “bath salts,” authorities said.Dixon was found in September with 34,000 Ecst…

A Buffalo man who operated a store in Lackawanna pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.Tofeek Albanna, 36, obtained more than $73,400 in fraudulent food stamp benefits at his store, LA Fashion, over a 16-month stretch, authorities said. He was exchanging food stamp benefits for cash and allowed the purchase of prohibited items in e…

A woman died after her car crossed over the center line on Broadway in Depew and sideswiped a pickup truck on the other side of the street at about 8:30 a.m. today, Depew police said.Police identified the victim as Linda K. Ward, 31.The driver of the pickup, Brian D. Deberardinis, 22, was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and was discharge…

A Buffalo police officer who was the subject of a federal bribery investigation was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Pendleton home Monday afternoon following a standoff.A Niagara County SWAT Team had surrounded the Paddock Ridge home of Officer Jeffrey A. Mott of the Central District after receiving reports he was threatening suicide. He w…

The principle is simple.Take a problem – whether it’s kids hanging out on a South Buffalo street corner, West Side drug sales, North Buffalo house burglaries or East Side drive-by shootings – and infiltrate the area with a lot of police officers.In Buffalo, that concept is called the Strike Force, which just finished its first 100-day initiative of 2013, sending several do…

The former chief of anesthesiology at Kaleida Health System and a prominent pediatric anesthesiologist at Kaleida are under federal investigation in connection with payments from Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.Sources close to the investigation said federal prosecutors are looking into the billing practices of Dr. James Foster and Dr. Doron Feldman and their affilia…

Two suspects were in custody following a robbery and a police chase that resulted in a taxi cab crashing into a house at Jefferson Avenue and South Division Street Monday afternoon, police said.The suspects robbed a pharmacy on the 2000 block of Clinton Street near the West Seneca border, authorities said, and they fled in a taxi cab. It was not immediately clear how they …

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Toys R Us, the scene of a Town of Hamburg killing more than two weeks ago, has offered a $25,000 reward in the case that has left police still unsure whether the slaying could have been a botched robbery or a targeted attack.Town of Hamburg police, in conjunction with Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers and Toys R Us, announced the reward for information leading to…

SHERIDAN – A Silver Creek man sustained injuries this morning after a deer entered the roadway and he struck it with his motorcycle, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said.John McAlevey, 56, was riding southbound on O’Brien Road in the town of Sheridan, according to officials. He couldn’t avoid the deer, and he ended up in a ditch on the side of the road, authorities …

Erie County sheriff’s deputies investigating a crash into a utility pole early this morning arrested the driver after determining that the car involved in the crash was stolen.While on patrol in Concord shortly after 3 a.m., Deputies Don Hoelscher and Mike Sluberski responded to the crash on Route 240 near Middle Road, where they found the car and the utility pole that had…

Two robbers dressed in all white held a Glock pistol and a knife against a female victim before fleeing with more than $200 from a Cheektowaga church late this morning, Cheektowaga police reported.The two bandits entered St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church on Cleveland Drive and threatened the woman at about 10:55 a.m. They stole about $200 from her and an unknown amount from the …

LOCKPORT – David L. Alfonso sized up his legal situation over the weekend and decided that he was better off taking a plea offer than going to trial July 29 for the attempted murder of his girlfriend’s 7-year-old daughter.After talking to his mother in the Niagara County Jail, Alfonso, 29, decided Monday to plead guilty to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault…